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Post To Tumblr v6.26 – New Donation Options

Post To Tumblr v6.26 – New Donation Options

Its been a while since I have blogged about Post To Tumblr, my popular Chrome Extension for Tumblr. I have been quiet but certainly not inactive.

One thing that has always bothered me about the extension ever since version 1, when I started accepting donations, was that the only way to donate was via Paypal. Thus people in countries where Paypal isnt available have been unable to donate and thus unlock the advanced features. Up till now I simply gave those users that emailed me free access to the features, but obviously this isnt ideal.

I like to listen to podcasts, mostly technical related but some science, some business and some general interest. Most of the shows I listen to have ads and one ad that continually pops up is for Braintree. Braintree is a payments solution for online services so I decided to investigate if they would be a good solution for my Chrome extensions.

I discovered that they have the same fee but have have a generous $50k threshold before those charges kick in. They accept credit cards which means they can be used in any country and to top it off they have nice documentation and simple integration options which is more than I can say for Paypal.

So I decided to make the jump and switch PTT over to Braintree.

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Donations are all handled on my HTTPS heroku page. Credit card info never touches my server and is all handled via the Braintree iFrame and thus I am never liable for any financial risk nor an I at any point breaking Googles Developer Policies.

Speaking of that. As soon as I published the update with the new Braintree payments integrated I received this lovely email from Google:

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Obviously I am rather wary of these sorts of generic take-down emails from Google thanks to my Google Play ban. After emailing them back asking for clarification as to exactly which rule I was breaking I received an email 2 days later that stated that they had reviewed my extension and were going to reinstate it. No explanation as to why it was taken down in the first place…

Anyways. Its back, now integrated with Braintree, and it all works and everything is right with the world, so im not going to pursue it any further.

As usual you can grab Post To Tumblr over on the Chrome Store, if you have it installed it should auto-update for you 🙂

Until next time.

Post To Tumblr – v6.16 – Templated Variables

Post To Tumblr – v6.16 – Templated Variables

Its been a while since I have posted about Post To Tumblr so I thought I would do a quick update seeings as I am still definitely working on it.

The latest update (v6.16) added an excellent community suggested feature “Templated Variables”.

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Templated variables is accessible from the one-click options and allows users to specify special keywords which get replaced when Post To Tumblr is run:

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This allows users to customize things with much greater freedom than was possible before.

I also added the ability to paste in your clipboard which was another user-requested feature:

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As of version 6.17 this variable is hidden behind an “optional permission” as it was causing a quite scary permissions dialog when people initially installed or updated the extension which several users were kind enough to contact me about.

So thats the update, I hope you all like it, as usual email me: mike.cann@gmail.com if you have suggestions for other improvements.

You can download the extension here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/post-to-tumblr/dbpicbbcpanckagpdjflgojlknomoiah

Post To Tumblr 6

Post To Tumblr 6

Post To Tumblr my popular Chrome extension will be entering its 6th year of continual development this year so I thought it fitting that I give it a much needed overhaul.

It had been long coming, the last major update I gave it was about 1.5 years ago. In that version I moved the backend from Google App Engine over to Parse and I rewrote the frontend to use requireJS and knockoutJS. Although they have served me well, a lot has happened in the past 18 months and maintaining the client code was starting to become painful.

So I decided to checkout what all the cool kids were talking about these days: React.

React is a really cool Javascript framework from Facebook which uses some interesting technologies to render the UI of your application using a component-based structure. It does this by inventing its own language / markup format called JSX which is a hybrid of Javascript and HTML much like MXML was a hybrid of XML and AS3.

Although awesome to use, and I managed to get it working pretty quick with Typescript too I found that the build chain needed was really a headache. I went through so many different tools and variants. I found that people no longer use Grunt, its now Gulp then I heard some people just use NPM scripts then I read that you want to be using Webpack or Browserify with React. So many tools and options really hampered my progress and ended up giving me a headache.

I eventually fought through the tooling quagmire and ended up with a Gulp / Webpack / Typescript hybrid that sort of work but it takes a long time to compile which i’m not happy about so im definitely on the lookout for a better solution there.

Anyways, now that I have a shiney new client codebase I decided to go through some of the features that people have suggested and implement them so since version 6 came out I have done 6 more updates:

– v6.7 – 25/01/2016
+ Added a new option to general that lets you set what state the format post window should be opened in:
+ Added a privacy policy to the account page
+ Require privacy policy to be accepted before signing up
+ Added a “clear formatting” button to the format page.
+ Users that arent logged in must not provide an email when reporting an error
+ Fixed a spelling mistake (Thanks Tom)
+ Logs older than 2 days are now removed

– v6.6 – 19/01/2016
+ The “Remind Me in A Month” and Two Weeks are now working as expected, sorry about that!
+ One-click now also gets a reminder.

– v6.5 – 18/01/2016
+ The donate button now correctly links to the donation page.
+ Added another donation popup, only showing it every 6 months.
+ Removed some unnecessary logging to preserve privacy.

– v6.4 – 14/01/2016
+ Increased the size of the format post page a little, its 2016 after all 😉
+ HTML editing text areas are now resizeable.
+ Previous tag sets are now listed in reverse date order that they were used. It displays a maximum of 6 tags. If you have more tags sets you can optionally select to view them.
+ Fixed an issue with context menu items not refreshing after adding an account

– v6.3 – 14/01/2016
+ Post scheduling is back in addition to queuing. Queuing a post just adds it to the queue, scheduling lets you pick a specific date. (thanks joe, vitor, blinkingline, and others!)
+ Fixed an error in the oneclick options which was causing a few errors including not able to rearrange sibling menu items. (thanks adena)
+ Reduced the number of plugins TinyMCE is using in the format post window which I hope will increase performance of the text areas, let me know if you are still experiencing issues. (thanks shiinto)

– v6.2 – 12/01/2016
+ Added saved tags back to the format post page

– v6.1 – 12/01/2016
+ Added HTML editing back to the various text areas in the extension, sorry about that!
+ Currently you cannot click a text area in the format post window to have it auto-fill with a value, im working on it 🙂

– v6.0 – 11/01/2016
+ Huge new internal update, should make future changes much easier but may have caused a few bugs, please do report them if you see them!

So im keen to do new features and upgrades so email me if you have suggestions!

As always you can grab Post To Tumblr over at the Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/post-to-tumblr/dbpicbbcpanckagpdjflgojlknomoiah